CBI unlikely to give clearance to AugustaWestland


New Delhi: The CBI is unlikely to give clearance to AgustaWestland, facing alleged bribery charges, for taking part in ‘Make in India’ programme after the company made a request citing an Italian court order acquitting it on charges of international corruption in sale of VVIP choppers to India. The Defence Ministry had been approached by the company, which was blacklisted by the previous UPA regime, with an authentic copy of an Italian court order acquitting it. The company had also made a request for participating in the ‘Make in India’ programme.

The Defence Ministry passed on the authenticated court report and representation of the AgustaWestland company to the CBI seeking its comments, official sources said today.The sources said that it was not possible for the CBI to share any details with the Defence Ministry as of now as the agency was still pursuing the money trail and that replies to Letters Rogatory(LR) were still pending.

AgustaWestland is an Anglo-Italian helicopter design and manufacturing company, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica. It was formed in July 2000 when owners of Agusta and Westland Helicopters merged to form the group.

The company had bagged contract for supply of helicopters for carrying VVIPs which was cancelled after reports of money changing hands surfaced in Italy. The UPA government blacklisted the company and ordered a CBI probe into the case.

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